Rooney's 'mind is fine', insists England boss Hodgson

The Three Lions manager is certain the Manchester United forward is fit enough to face Scotland on Wednesday and will not let his ongoing transfer situation distract him
England manager Roy Hodgson insists Wayne Rooney's "mind is fine" in spite of the ongoing saga surrounding his club future.

The forward is set to play a part for the Three Lions in their friendly against Scotland despite missing the Community Shield victory over Wigan on Sunday, with Manchester United attempting to hold off the advances of Chelsea despite their star's desire to leave Old Trafford.

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"His mind is fine," Hodgson told reporters. "He can compartmentalise club and country, which I expect from all players.

"Players cannot bring their club problems to England. If there were any problems with England, they cannot take them back to their clubs. It is two separate identities.

"I expect players, when they come here [to the England squad] to be fully focused on playing for England."

Asked if Rooney would be fit to face Scotland, Hodgson replied: "I think so. We will see on Tuesday how he reacts to Monday's session because it might have been a bit more intense than the work he has been able to do while recovering from injury.

"If there are no problems and he comes through the training session well, we will speak to him and make a decision.

"Whether he starts or comes on the field at some later stage is of less importance to me than the fact he is there, ready to play football for us and will hopefully be ready for the [World Cup qualifying] games in September and October."